Bemidji State University’s English minor can be paired with any major. It strengthens students’ skills in reading, critical thinking and literature analysis. This minor encompasses survey courses and in-depth studies of specific literature topics, including many historically, and culturally relevant texts.
The skills learned from obtaining an English minor can strengthen your major by improving job skills such as communication, critical thinking and attention to detail. The English minor has students studying conceptual analysis, textual interpretation and how to develop theory.
Digital Writing Minor
Digital Writing is one of the fastest growing skills needed by employers for a wide variety of careers. The Digital Writing minor will allow students to gain hands-on experience in online writing. The modern workplace’s increasing digitization means well-developed digital writing skills are highly coveted and any student can benefit from them.
The Digital Writing Minor has students learn how to write professional emails, memos, resumes, cover letters and even manuals. Students also study ethnographic principles and digital rhetoric, including learning about everything from the rhetoric of online fandoms to the history of social media. Most importantly, this minor educates students about why it’s important to pay attention to what’s going on in the digital world and how to navigate it.
The Digital Writing Minor also gives students a number of opportunities to try their hand at composing their own digital projects, such as the capstone project required to complete this minor. Below are some examples of recent Digital Writing students’ capstone projects:
Coralie Swedburg’s: Gender in Gaming
Emily Comstock’s: Digital Portfolio of Pride and Prejudice Publications
The Field of Emphasis in Writing is for you if you love to write but are not majoring in it. You will take two core writing courses and four additional workshop courses of your choosing from creative and professional writing options.
As with a minor, a field of emphasis appears on your transcript. It is an excellent way to enhance your studies because it provides a concentration of courses that can complement your major or give you knowledge and expertise in a second field for which you have a passion. Graduate schools and employers are always happy to see a candidate who has proven skills as a writer.